Swimming: Fox Chapel alumnus an All-American diver

Written by Rick Davis on .

Rick Davis profiles Fox Chapel graduate JB Kolod, now a diving standout at the University of Virginia.

"Competing in his strongest event at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships -- the 3-meter dive -- it was only natural University of Virginia diver JB Kolod would begin the championship final with his easiest dive to shake off some of the pre-meet butterflies.

What he didn't anticipate, however, was making mistakes on his very first dive.

"It was a back 2½ somersault pike," he said. "It's actually the easiest dive on my list. It's the easiest dive for a lot of people, but it's always one that people mess up.

"It can sort of surprise you. It's so easy you can try too hard or you can sort of baby it, but the secret is to just do exactly what you do in practice.""



Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel wins Derry Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Fox Chapel claimed the team title at the Derry Tournament, held March 29. The Foxes beat Deer Lakes in the first round, Plum in the quarterfinals, Penn-Trafford in the semifinals, and North Allegheny in the championship. All playoff rounds were one game.

Fox Chapel 1, North Allegheny 0

Fox Chapel 1, Penn-Trafford 0
North Allegheny 1, Derry  0

Penn-Trafford 1, Norwin 0
Fox Chapel 1, Plum 0
North Allegheny 1, Pine-Richland 0
Derry 1, Altoona 0

First Round
Norwin 1, Central Catholic 0
Penn-Trafford 1, Latrobe 0
Fox Chapel 1, Deer Lakes 0
Plum 1, Shaler  0
North Allegheny 1, Penn Hills 0
Pine Richland 1, Montour 0
Derry 1, Hempfield 0
Altoona 1, O.L. Sacred Heart 0


Lacrosse: Husband and wife lead Fox Chapel teams

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Fox Chapel lacrosse teams.

2014 0403 FoxChapel BLacrosse(Photo: Shaler's Joe Hollern, left, is stick-checked by Fox Chapel's Levi McCrady during a match last week. McCrady is the son of Foxes coach Chris McCrady. Fox Chapel won the match, 10-7. Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)

"Chris McCrady had a decision to make.

The Fox Chapel Area High School boys lacrosse coaching position was available not long after the 2013 season had ended with the Foxes finishing the year with an 8-8 record, but not winning a single game against seven Division 1, Section 2 opponents.

"I think I said I'd give up my rights to complain about anything if I didn't take the position," said McCrady, an insurance broker who played lacrosse at Sewickley Academy and at Michigan State.

So McCrady took the plunge, and joined the "family business" as wife Jen has coached both the girls lacrosse and field hockey teams at Fox Chapel for five seasons, and their two children, Megan and Levi, are on their respective varsity teams."


Alumni Update - Jen Papich (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - Gannon's Jen Papich has been named to the Division II Bulletin All-America honorable-Papich Gannonmention team for the second consecutive season, becoming a four-time All-American.

Papich has landed spots on the both Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Division II Bulletin All-America honorable-mention teams the last two seasons. The senior forward was named to the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region second team for the second consecutive season earlier this month. In addition to being named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Athlete of the Year in 2012-13, she was also named to three consecutive All-PSAC Western Division first teams.

The Fox Chapel, native averaged 13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks. She shot 50.9 percent (164-322) from the field and 74.8 percent (101-135) from the free throw line.

Papich ranked fifth among PSAC players in blocks per game, ninth in field goal percentage and 12th in free throw percentage. Papich finished her career third all-time at Gannon in free throws made (357), fourth in blocked shots (124), fifth in steals (244), seventh in rebounds (700) and sixth in points (1,534).


(photo courtesy of Gannon University)


Track: Papich all-around star for Foxes

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Fox Chapel’s boys track and field team is missing two of its star athletes in defending WPIAL champions Ethan Martin (1,600 and 3,200) and Brandon Mitchell (300 hurdles) due to injury.

But the Foxes still have one of the best long distance runners in the state in Colin Martin, and it also has a great all-around performer in Brian Papich.

Papich, who also starred for the Foxes’ basketball team in the winter, was the WPIAL runner-up in the long jump and took fifth in the high jump.

In the Foxes’ last meet, a tri-meet against Pine-Richland and Butler, Papich won the long and triple jump as well as the 100-meter dash.